BOG Meeting Minutes — September 17, 2008

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1. Minutes. The minutes of September 10, 2008, were approved.

2. Discussion of Performance Standards. Questions were raised about the specifics of performance and promotion standards and the policy on training. President Roth said would meet with Richard Ehlke and register for an Individual Development Plan introductory session.

3. Future of the CREA Scholarship Program. Suggestions included making scholarships available throughout the year and ensuring transparency and openness of eligibility criteria. Governors Stouffer, Tilson, and Watkins volunteered to serve on an evaluation committee.

4. FY2009 Budget. Treasurer Siskin presented a budget proposal and itemized comparison of FY2008 allocations and expenses. After the Board had agreed to a few modifications, Governor Stouffer moved that the FY2009 budget be approved. Governor Burrows seconded. In a friendly amendment, Governor Tilson asked that Treasurer Siskin send out the budget with adjusted allocations. The vote in favor was unanimous.

5. Discussion of the New CREA Website. Governors Moteff and Stouffer described a photo contest to be announced with the site’s official launch. Members would be invited to submit images to be used as website page headings. Three prizes would be awarded. Discussion turned to other matters. Further discussion is planned.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Vanessa Burrows
Beverly Campbell
Karma Ester
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Alison Siskin
Mallary Stouffer
Sibyl Tilson
Zina Watkins

BOG Meeting Minutes — September 10, 2008

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1. Minutes. The minutes of September 3, 2008, were approved.

2. CREA Scholarships Awarded. President Roth reported that both applicants had been awarded scholarships.

3. CREA President’s Meeting with the Director. President Roth covered points he would raise with the Director in a meeting scheduled for later in the day: CREA coordination with Charlotte Preece on the development of Senior Specialist position descriptions; allowances for working from home under the new part-time policy; and funding for staff training denoted in Individual Development Plans.

4. Announcement of the New CREA Website. Governor Moteff said a colleague had suggested that the site include a welcome to visitors. Postings, as discussed, should be appropriately vetted and in conformance with Board expectations, but not unduly delayed. The site will serve as the primary method of communication with staff, but minimal use of e-mail announcements with site links are planned. A simple announcement will be made in coming days.

5. CREA Office Support in the Future. Discussion ensued. The Board reached preliminary agreement on reducing office support hours or coming up with support staff tasks designed to enhance institutional knowledge among members. President Roth said he would supply time sheets so that his activities could be compiled. Discussion is to be continued.

6. Poling Award for Mort Rosenberg. Governor Burrows moved that Mr. Rosenberg receive a Poling Award in recognition of decades of service and legal expertise on behalf of CRS employees. Treasurer Siskin requested that the motion include a budget allocation of $500. Governor Ester seconded. The vote in favor was unanimous. Suggestions for a tribute to his legacy included archived CREAtivity photos and a statement of appreciation written by Jack Maskell.

7. Guest Speaker at the CREA Annual Meeting. President Roth said IFPTE’s Matt Biggs would invite Representative Donna Edwards to speak.

8. GS-15 Pay Cap Legislation for CRS Staff.President Roth said a staff member of the House Administration Committee would speak to Chairman Brady in favor or raising the GS-15 Step 10 pay cap from the equivalent of Executive Level 3 to Executive Level 4.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Vanessa Burrows
Beverly Campbell
Karma Ester
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Alison Siskin
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer
Zina Watkins

BOG Meeting Minutes — September 3, 2008

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

1. Minutes. The minutes of August 27, 2008, were approved.

2. Election of Lucy Martinez as a New Governor from CAC. After Ms. Martinez had been introduced to the Board by President Roth, Governor Moteff nominated her to serve as a Board Governor. Governor Ester seconded. The vote in favor was unanimous.

3. Discussion of IFPTE Convention Delegate Responsibilities. Governor Tilson briefly presented a set of proposed instructions and expectations for the delegate-to-be. Discussion ensued. The Board expressed a sense that it was comfortable with the Communications Team adding a few post-convention reporting requirements before finalizing and sending the instructions to the membership.

4. Discussion of CREA Investment Strategy. Governor Tilson summarized the prospective merits and risks of several investment options, including CDs, index funds, and managed commission-based funds. Discussion turned to the CREA Constitutional requirement that the union invest in government-backed securities. After further discussion of investing in CDs staggered at three-month intervals, the Board expressed a sense that the Communications Team should send out a solicitation to the membership for Investment Committee volunteers. The Board, as always, has final responsibility in all investment decisions. The Board also agreed that making individual contact with CREA members well-versed in matters of investing and finance is encouraged.

5. Preparation for CREA Annual Meeting. Vice President Reeder has volunteered to chair the meeting. During discussion, Governors Grasso and Martinez agreed to draft a list of possible outside speakers with President Roth.

6. Master Contract Up for Renegotiation. After discussion of telework under the new part-time policy and Representative Hoyer’s proposal for a four-day, 40-hour workweek, Governors Ester and Smole agreed to systematically analyze the substance and procedural requirements of the contract with Treasurer Siskin and President Roth.

7. Training of the Membership. President Roth asked for course suggestions. Governor Moteff suggested negotiation training. President Roth said he would make inquiries.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Karma Ester
Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Lucy Martinez
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Alison Siskin
David Smole
Sibyl Tilson